BIO: Consistent All-Conference performer since his sophomore campaign. Led the team in tackles as a senior posting 143/18/3 after numbers of 149/14/2.5 as a junior.
POSITIVES: Instinctive defender who relies on great football intelligence to make plays. Immediately diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the ball and very efficient. Scrapes well laterally, solid in pursuit, and redirects well to the ballcarrier. Tough, and works very hard to get involved. Effectively uses his hands to slide off blocks and fierce moving up the field. Solid tackling technique. Disciplined and stays with assignments.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in coverage and does not quickly change direction. Marginal strength at the point and not a linebacker who stops ballcarriers dead in their tracks.
ANALYSIS: Efficient in all manners of the game, Ruud possesses intellect and great work ethic. Does not possess the great upside for the next level, yet the ability to learn and retain complicated defensive schemes could keep him around the league for a long time.